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Daredevil | 2003 | PG-13 | - 4.6.4

Based on the Marvel Comics character, we meet Daredevil (Ben Affleck) and learn of the accident that caused his blindness and endowed him with the heightened senses that allow him to fight crime and save those who are in trouble. By day Daredevil is a pro bono defense lawyer, and by night he exacts justice when the legal system fails. His biggest enemy is the criminal Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) and his henchman Bullseye (Colin Farrell) who has a knack for throwing pointed objects. Also with Jennifer Garner, Jon Favreau, Joe Pantoliano, David Keith and Scott Terra. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man caresses a woman's face and they kiss romantically, we then see his bare chest and their bare shoulders and backs as they continue to kiss and caress each other and roll around on a bed. A man sniffs a woman's bare shoulder and a man and a woman dance close together and snuggle. A man is bare-chested a couple of times as he gets in and out of a sensory deprivation tank. A man takes a shower and we see his bare back and shoulders. A woman wears low-cut tops and dresses in a few scenes that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders, and a woman wears a tight-fitting outfit that reveals her bare abdomen. There are nude statues in a couple of scenes; one is of a man and a woman and the man has his hand on the woman's breast, another scene shows a man touching what appears to be a breast on a statue. We hear a woman talking about "sleeping together."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man and a woman fight with punching and kicking, the man is slashed on the cheek with a knife (we see some blood), the woman is thrown to the ground, and the man throws a playing card that cuts her neck (we see some blood). Then the man holds the woman around the neck and stabs her in the stomach: she is lifted in the air and we see the other side of the dagger poking through the back of her vest, and she falls to the ground dead (we see an image of her heart stopping). We hear a man being beaten mercilessly, and see him lying dead on the ground with a very bloody face. Two men fight: one is pulled into a window that cracks, he is slammed into the ceiling and thrown against a wall (we see blood coming from his mouth), the two men continue to punch and kick each other and one man is kicked in the knees (we hear them break and he falls to the floor screaming). A man brings a stick down hard on the ground near another man's head and a stream of blood runs across the floor. Two men fight while jumping between large organ pipes; they swing and kick at each other, one is pulled down by a cable wrapped around him, one throws blades at the other, and one throws many shards of glass at the other. A man is stabbed in the chest with a stick, he falls back and dies (there's blood on his shirt). A man lunges at another man with a pointed piece of wood and he is shot through both hands (we see bloody holes), thrown through a stained glass window and he crashes onto the windshield of a car where we see him twitching. A man is chased onto a subway platform, a wire is wrapped around his neck, he pulls a gun and holds it to another man's head, he is hit, falls back onto tracks as a train approaches and we see the two pieces of his body taken away on two stretchers (there's blood on the sheets that cover them). A man throws bladed discs through a windshield hitting the driver of a car and the co-driver, they lose control of the car, and it crashes into a truck (we see blood on their throats). A man falls dead with a spike protruding from his forehead (a bit of blood surrounds the spike). A man straightens several paper clips and throws them in rapid succession into a man's throat (he falls to the floor gasping), a man throws a nut that flies into a woman's throat (she chokes, falls unconscious and presumably dies), and a man lies dead with several pencils sticking out of his throat (he's surrounded by blood). A woman is stabbed through the hand with a dagger (she pulls the dagger out of her hand and we hear squishing and hear her moaning). A woman attacks a man with knives: she kicks him, punches him, slashes at him and stabs him through the shoulder and the knife blade breaks a window behind him (he slips down a window and we see a trail of blood). A man chases another man, crashes through a window and punches him repeatedly leaving his face and mouth bloody -- we see a boy cowering in the corner after having witnessed the beating. A man pulls a tooth out of his mouth and we see some blood on his hand and the shower floor where he tosses it. A man is hit with something, we see his very bloody mouth and a fight breaks out: many people are kicked and punched and hit with a stick, one man is shot at repeatedly, one man swings from a ceiling fan, and pool tables catch fire. There are a couple of boxing matches that show men punching each other repeatedly (they're left with bloody faces and one time a boxer spits out a bloody mouthpiece). During a rape trial there are photos shown of a woman with a badly bruised and swollen face. A man is hit in the throat by a thrown offering plate (he gags and coughs). A man runs toward another man on a motorcycle (he is racing toward him) they collide and flip through the air. A woman shoots at a man several times. Blood drips down a stained glass window in a church and a man dangles from a cross at the tip of the steeple. A boy fights three other boys using a stick to smack their faces and legs (they all end up moaning on the ground). A man and a woman fight with punches and kicks and they use a seesaw to try to hit each other and one is tossed through the air. A man falls from a wire and lands hard on the floor (he's injured). Three boys taunt and shove another boy who ends up falling on the ground and running away (he has a bloody lip). Men rough up other men in several scenes (by shoving and punching). We see flashes of a woman being attacked, and a boy does a handstand on the ledge of a high building and he moves from one rooftop to another. A man falls from a rooftop, jumps across fire escapes, swings from cables, and flips from pipes to move quickly through a city. A boy is nearly hit by a bus. A boy panics and is terrified by what he can hear and the unusual images he can see after his eyes are injured in an accident. A man cringes and appears to be in pain when he hears loud noises. We see a man's eyes covered with an opaque film and see that (in a flashback) as a boy he was sprayed with a hazardous liquid that rendered him blind and left scars around his eyes. A man tears up his house in anger. A man has lash scars on his back, a man has multiple piercings on his ear and eyebrow and a large bullseye appears to have been carved into his forehead. A man practices with weapons, and a woman practices with knives by slashing and stabbing sand bags. A man drives his motorcycle recklessly through traffic. People mourn at a funeral. A newspaper has a drawing of a demonic-looking creature with sharp teeth, nails and horns on his head. A man burps. A woman talks about her mother having died and a man refers to the woman having died in front of her daughter.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 5 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 6 religious exclamations, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and cigars.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Blindness, compensating senses, disappointment, responsibility, fixed fights, death of a parent, justice vs. the law, perjury, rape, vigilantism and vengeance, Hell's Kitchen, urban legends.

MESSAGE - A handicap can sometimes lead to a great advantage. Sometimes justice is not served by the law.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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